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The picture is Watermelon pile at the Rocky Ford (Otero county) fair grounds. It was taken in the very early 1900's. Watermelons were given out at noon the first Thursday of September for perhaps 75 years or more. This was during the Arkansas Valley Fair which was a prominent event in southeast Colorado. Watermelon day was instituted in the late 1800's by the local residents when they held up a passenger train and fed all of the passengers watermelon.

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